What do you use to clean your ring?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Member
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use a jewellery cleaner that I bought from the jeweller who sold us the ring– it was fairly inexpensive 10-15$ or so, and I use it about once a week.

Post # 4
Member
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are a few old, very detailed threads on this, but I think the general agreement is that this* works best:

  1. put the tea kettle on to boil
  2. place your ring in a small coffee mug
  3. spray 5-6 times with Windex
  4. add a small squirt of liquid dish soap (Dawn or whatever)
  5. pour in a couple of inches of hot water and put the mug somewhere safe
  6. let cool – maybe 20-30 minutes
  7. fish out your ring, give it a rinse and a quick scrub with an old toothbrush if it was really dirty

Perfect every time.

*HUGE, BIG NOTE:  This only works if you have a solid metal (gold, platinum, palladium) and DIAMOND ring.  This method can harmer softer stones, so be sure you are using a stone-safe method if you have a sapphire, emerald, etc.

Post # 5
Member
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m in the same boat as @missmouse…the cleaner actually came with the ring, though I don’t think it retails for more then $15.  I try to clean it at least every other week.

My mom had come down to visit and she wears her late mother’s engagement ring (it’s like a 5 carat round cut solitaire, it’s obscene haha), and I looked at it and was like “Mom, you abuse your ring so much my little 1c diamond looks shinier then yours!”  Then she had me clean it for her (you just drop the ring in, shake the little container, then theres a brush to like scrub it, rinse and you’re done!) and she was amazed by how well it worked!

If you ever go to bridal shows they usually sell little kits like the one I have at a discount for being at the bridal show.

Post # 6
Member
12 posts
Newbee

I use an ultrasonic cleaner.

Post # 7
Member
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just use toothpaste and an old toothbrush. My mom’s been doing it for thirty years and it works great!

Post # 8
Member
342 posts
Helper bee

I second jo.lee!  Toothpaste and a baby toothbrush (because the bristles are extra extra soft).  Everyone always asks how I keep it so shiny.  Works like a charm.

Post # 10
Member
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Fiance bought me Something New Jewlery Cleaner.  It is the most amazing cleaner ever.  I also have a tiffany basket weave ring that was always impossible to get really clean and I was shocked the first time I used this stuff it came out looking BRAND NEW!  When I clean my e-ring with it I swear it looks better than the day we picked it up from the jewler!  http://www.somethingnewjc.com

Post # 11
Member
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

a drop of dishsoap in warm water — soak for a minute, then softly scrub with a baby toothbrush. 

Post # 12
Member
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have the jewlery cleaner that came with the ring but the jeweler said windex works best

Post # 13
Member
12 posts
Newbee

I got my ultrasonic cleaner from Amazon. It’s this model.

You shouldn’t use them if any of the stones are very included and you can’t use it on porous stones, but I’ve been using ultrasonic cleaners for years, it’s the only thing that cleans my ring properly (I have an aquamarine and regular cleaners tend to leave it cloudy) and it’s great for glasses and watches too.

Post # 14
Member
44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

toothpaste user here too!  Works perfect Smile

Post # 15
Member
1807 posts
Buzzing bee

I use dawn soap and hot water…works great!

Post # 16
Member
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just some more information – all of the non-toothpaste,non-ultrasonic cleaning methods are based on ammonia.  The cleaners that you can buy (at jewellers, Target, bridal shows, etc.) are just dilluted ammonia formulas.  Ammonia is also the main ingredient in Windex, which is why the coffee mug method uses Windex.  (Most jewellers also use straight-up Windex to clean rings.)  The cleaners are super convenient because they have a lift-out tray and a lid (no worries about it tipping over), but if you don’t want to buy anything, the coffee mug method will get you to the same place.  My mom soaks her ring in a shot glass of straight ammonia and dish soap – again, basically the same thing, but in a concentrated form.  It works really well, but I don’t like to keep straight ammonia around.

Leave a comment


Find Amazing Vendors